GALLERY: United into cup final with victory at Witchford

Witchford 96 v Soham United,

Witchford 96 v Soham United, - Credit: Archant

William Coad Intermediate Cup Soham United booked their place in the final of the cup after an impressive 4-0 win over East Cambridgeshire rivals, Witchford 96, on Saturday.

Witchford 96 v Soham United,

Witchford 96 v Soham United, - Credit: Archant

The semi-final was played at 96’s Witchford Village College home ground but it held no fears for Soham, who ply their trade in Kershaw Senior A, a division above Witchford.

Harley Day struck twice for Soham, to add to goals for Mark Allen and substitute Daniel Symonds.

United go forward to the final, where they will face off against Barrington.

Witchford 96 v Soham United,

Witchford 96 v Soham United, - Credit: Archant

Kershaw Premier League

Soham Town Rangers Reserves’ search for a first league win of the year dragged on after they were beaten 4-2 at Cambridge City Reserves.

Daniel Brown struck twice for Soham, his second and third goals of the season, but it wasn’t to be for the Greens as they were comfortably beaten.

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Littleport Town suffered a surprise setback in their bid for promotion as they lost out to March Town United Reserves at the leisure centre ground.

Jon Bartlett was on target for the hosts but a brace from Sean White, and a third goal from Dayne Moore, consigned them to a first defeat of the season.

Port remain in fourth place in the league, some 12 points behind leaders Burwell Swifts, albeit with four games in hand.

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Burwell Swifts moved in to the semi-final of the cup courtesy of a 4-2 win at Great Shelford Reserves.

NMC Division 2B

Fordham had to wait until the half-hour mark before making a breakthrough – but the opening goal spurred them on to a clear cut 4-0 win over Brampton Reserves.

Tom Thatcher’s lay-off and Alex Theobald’s sheer persistence set up Will Tyte to score Fordham’s first and then two goals either side of the interval more or less sealed the match.

In the 44th minute, Tyte’s cross was met at the far post by Josh Bailey who made no mistake with his angled effort and minutes into the second period, Graham Ford somehow found a gap in the visitors rearguard to score with a good strike.

Alex Theobald converted a penalty for handball to complete the scoring.

Elsewhere, it was another difficult weekend for Mepal Sports as they lost 3-0 to mid-table Mildenhall United. Isleham United also suffered defeat, going down 4-2 at Alconbury.

NMC Division 3B

Ely Crusaders suffered their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Burwell Swifts Reserves.

The game was an even affair for 30 minutes, when a mistake from goalkeeper Jamie Nightingale allowed Burwell to take the lead.

Ely created plenty of chances as they dominated the last 15 minutes but opportunities for Will Ludbrooke and Matt Brodie went begging.

The second half started badly for Crusaders as they quickly found themselves 2-0 down.

Burwell defended superbly to deny Ely in open play. Brodie did convert from the spot to make it a tense last five minutes and Burwell were reduced to nine men, but hung on to take the points.

Elsewhere, Soham United Reserves lost 5-1 to Bar Hill Saturday Reserves.

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A goal either side of half-time from Jonny Allan consigned Littleport Town Reserves to a 2-1 defeat at Upwell Town.

Allan struck in the 36th and 46th minutes to cancel out Chris Slatter’s strike for Port.

Defeat sees Port slip 10 points off leaders Lakenheath Casuals, albeit with one game in hand.